Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Walmart Veggies are Better than Whole Foods

I've never really understood the hate of Walmart. Sure, some of the stuff they sell isn't the best quality, but much of it is just as good, if not better, than products you'll find elsewhere. And you can rarely beat their prices. They bring a lot of low-priced essentials to a lot of families who have to stretch budgets very thin. Not everyone can afford to shop at Nordstroms and Whole Foods.

So imagine the surprise of some culinary snobs when a blind taste-test revealed that organic veggies bought from Walmart tasted better than the grossly over-priced equivalent from Whole Foods.

Despite this test, I just don't see Top Chef taking the contestants to Walmart for their food.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Autism and Vaccines

The anti-vaccine crowd has been under some pretty heavy pressure of late, mostly due to the recent retraction of an important study published in Lancet in 1998.

Scientific American is doing a good job attacking some of the other studies that attempted to put vaccines in a bad light.

Vaccines are a cornerstone of modern medicine. Before vaccines (and antibiotics), the leading causes of death in the world were almost entirely infectious diseases. You didn't get old enough to get cancer - because you were busy dying of Smallpox.

Entire categories of disease were eradicated with the invention of vaccines. The people who faked data, and by doing so convinced millions of people to not vaccinate their kids, are criminals. Simply taking away their medical licenses is not enough. They should be in jail.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Australia begins Blowing up Rabbits

I have a better idea though, seeing as dynamite isn't particularly safe or good for the local environment. They could just start breeding hordes of Dachshunds. Kobi would be more than happy to begin work next week.